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2017 television investigations

To access any of these investigation reports please contact broadcasting@acma.gov.au.

Program or issue Station / licensee Description Outcome Report published
Sunrise Seven /
Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd
Accuracy and complaint handling – in a report about a proposal to lower the age of shooting licences for minors Breach of clause 7.3.1 [complaint handling] and no breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-336
19 December 2017
Seven News update Seven / Channel Seven Sydney Pty Limited Classification and News and Current Affairs – in a report showing footage of an image of skeletal remains No breach of clause 2.3.3 [exercise care in selecting material for broadcast] and clause 3.2.1 [material which may cause distress]
BI-342
15 December 2017 
Today Tonight Seven/Channel Seven Adelaide Accuracy – in a report about an online flower delivery business titled ‘Bogus Bouquets’ Breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy and fairness] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-325
16 October 2017
The Bachelor Ten/Network Ten (Sydney) Pty Ltd Material not suitable for broadcast – offensive and derogatory comments based on religion No breach of clause 2.6.2 [intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule on the basis of religion] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-334
12 October 2017
 7.30  ABC Accuracy, corrections, impartiality, opportunity to respond – in a report about Aerocare Pty Ltd titled ‘Claims that employee fatigue at Aerocare is leading to accidents’  

No breach of Standards 2.1 [accuracy], 2.2 [not mislead], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications], 4.1 [due impartiality], 4.5 [unduly favour one perspective], or 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)

BI-330

29 September 2017
 7.30  ABC Accuracy, corrections, opportunity to respond– in a report about Aerocare Pty Ltd titled ‘Airport workers speak out about poor work conditions’ No breach of Standards 2.1 [accuracy], 3.1 [corrections and clarifications], or 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
BI-329
29 September 2017
ABC News ABC/Australian Broadcasting Corporation Accuracy, impartiality, opportunity to respond and attribution of information – in a news report about historical child sexual abuse allegations  Breach of Standard 4.1 [due impartiality] and no breach of Standards 2.1 [accuracy], 5.3 [opportunity to respond] or 5.4 attribution of information] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016) 
BI-305
30 August 2017

7:30

ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Accuracy, impartiality and opportunity to respond – in a news report about charity fundraisers

No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy], 4.1 [due impartiality] or 5.3 [opportunity to respond] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)

BI-319

1 August 2017

The Morning Shift   Sky News Live / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited [Foxtel]  Material likely to cause some distress and warnings – in a report containing footage of the ‘Facebook Live killing’ No breach of clause 2.2(b)(ii) [cause some distress] or 2.2(b)(iv) [warnings for material that may seriously distress or seriously offend] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013 
BI-322
14 July 2017 
The Mix ABC / Australian Broadcasting Corporation  Harm and offence – in a program that broadcast depictions of violence No breach of standards 7.1 [harm and offence] or 7.2 [warnings or advice] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
BI-324
13 July 2017 
A Current Affair  Nine / General Television Corporation Proprietary Limited  Accuracy and misrepresentation of viewpoints – in a report about the effects of marine oil extract on hyperactivity and cognition  No breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy and misrepresentation of viewpoints] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-309
31 May 2017 
Four Corners Australian Broadcasting Corporation Impartiality and secret recordings – in an investigative journalism/current affairs program about Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party activities and its leadership No breach of standards 4.1 [impartiality] or 5.8 [secret recordings] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016)
BI-311
1 June 2017
Australian Open Tennis 2017 (Nick Kyrgios vs. Andreas Seppi)  Channel 7/Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd  Captioning – captions obscuring top-court play during the Australian Open Tennis 2017 match between Nick Kyrgios and Andreas Seppi on 18 January 2017.   • No breach of subsection 130ZR(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA), with regard to the basic rule of the captioning obligations.
• No breach of the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013 (the Standard).
• No breach of subsection 130ZZA(4) of the BSA which requires that a licensee complies with the Standard

BI-000307

31 May 2017 
Studio 10 Ten / Network TEN (Sydney) Pty Limited Classification – in a morning panel/talk show that used coarse language that was offensive, sexist and inappropriate for daytime television No breach of clause 2.1.1 [classification] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015.
BI-308
5 May 2017
Nine News  Nine/General Television Corporation Proprietary Limited  Classification and News and Current Affairs - Allegation that footage in a news report of the moment of impact in a car collision was distressing and inappropriate for broadcast  No breach of clause 2.3.3 [exercise care in selecting material for broadcast] or clause 3.2.1 [material which may cause offence] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-306
27 April 2017
Outlander SBS / Special Broadcasting Service Classification and consumer advice –  Alleged depiction of sexual violence that was gratuitous and not suitable for broadcast No breach of code 4.6 [Classification] and no breach of code 4.8 [Consumer advice] of the SBS Codes of Practice 2014 (revised 2016)
BI-304
3 April 2017
Advertisement for The Equality Campaign and promotions from the ‘Love is Love’ campaign Lifestyle channels/ Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited Political matter – broadcast the required particulars immediately following the broadcast of political matter No breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter] or paragraph 10(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
BI-302
30 March 2017
Promotions for The Equality Campaign  Sky News Live/Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited  Political matter – broadcast the required particulars immediately following the broadcast of political matter  Breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter] and paragraph 10(1)(i) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
BI-301
23 March 2017 
Commercials for CrownBet broadcast during The Spiderwick Chronicles 9GO! / General Television Corporation Proprietary Limited Gambling advertising – commercials related to betting or gambling broadcast during a program principally directed to children Breach of subclause 6.5.1(b) [restrictions on betting and gambling commercials] of the Commercial Television industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-265
14 March 2017
Commercials for Sportsbet broadcast in Ten Eyewitness News First At Five and the KFC Big Bash League Network Ten (Brisbane) Pty Limited Gambling advertising – commercials relating to gambling or betting broadcast during a program that would attract a large audience of children No breach of clause 6.5.1 [restrictions on betting and gambling commercials] or Appendix 3 [restrictions on promotion of odds and betting and gambling commercials during a live sporting event] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015
BI-276
9 March 2017
Hannibal  7Flix/Channel Seven Melbourne Pty Ltd  Classification - modification of an R 18+ classified film to make it suitable for broadcast  No breach of paragraph 7(1)(ga) of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 [modify R18+ films].
No breach of clause 2.6.1 of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 [suitability for broadcast].
 
BI-274
3 March 2017 
Ten Eyewitness News  Ten / Network TEN (Sydney) Pty Limited  Accuracy and impartiality – in a promotional segment and a news report about the federal government’s proposal to re-schedule codeine products from over-the-counter to prescription-only medicine  No breach of clause 3.3.1 [accuracy] and no breach of clause 3.4.1 [impartiality] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015 
BI-273
24 February 2017 
ABC News 7.00pm Victorian Edition  ABC1/Australian Broadcasting  Corporation  Captioning – quality of captions in a news and current affairs program broadcast on 4 October 2016  Breach of the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013 (the Standard) by 6 distinct segments and as such a breach of subsections 130ZZA(5) [compliance with the Standard] and 130ZR(1) [captioning programs broadcast between 6 am and midnight on national and commercial television primary channels] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
BI-268
22 February 2017 
ABC News: Early Edition  ABC1/Australian Broadcasting  Corporation  Captioning – quality of captions in a news and current affairs program broadcast on 8 September 2016  Breach of the Broadcasting Services (Television Captioning) Standard 2013 (the Standard) by 6 distinct segments and as such a breach of subsections 130ZZA(5) [compliance with the Standard] and 130ZR(1) [captioning programs broadcast between 6 am and midnight on national and commercial television primary channels] of the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 
BI-267
22 February 2017 
Advertisement for the ‘notbornyet’ campaign by Emily’s Voice  TEN/Network Ten (Perth) Pty Limited Political matter – broadcast the required particulars immediately following the broadcast of political matter Breach of subclause 4(2) [identification of certain political matter] and paragraph 7(1)(j) [comply with subclause 4(2)] of Schedule 2 to the Broadcasting Services Act 1992
BI-231
22 February 2017 
Nine News Sunday Nine/TCN Channel Nine Pty Ltd Accuracy and impartiality – in a news report about Ku-ring-gai Council’s  opposition to the NSW government’s council amalgamation plans and Cr Cheryl Szatow’s use of public funds  Breach of clause 3.3.1 [present material facts accurately] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015.
Breach of clause 3.4.1 [present news fairly and impartially] of the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice 2015

BI-227

14 February 2017
The Mix  ABC1/Australian Broadcasting Corporation Harm and offence – in a program that broadcast a painting of a female nude that was not suitable for viewing by children  No breach of standards 7.1[harm and offence] or 7.2 [warnings or advice] or 7.3 [classification] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised 2016) 
BI-272 
14 February 2017 
ABC News Breakfast ABC/Australian Broadcasting Corporation  Accuracy and due impartiality – in a segment about a South Australian power blackout No breach of standards 2.1 [accuracy] or 4.1 [due impartiality] of the ABC Code of Practice 2011 (revised in 2016) 
BI-270
10 February 2017 
The Fall program promotion FOX SPORTS 2 / Foxtel Cable Television Pty Limited Particular regard to the need to protect children from unsuitable material – in a program promotion for an MA15+ TV series, broadcast within a live cricket match No breach of code 2.3 [program promotions and news updates] of the Subscription Broadcast Television Codes of Practice 2013
BI-271
9 February 2017
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